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Planning and Scheduling Group Members To Be Awarded Honorable Mention For ICAPS 2016 Most Influential Paper
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Planning and Scheduling Group Members To Be Awarded Honorable Mention For ICAPS 2016 Most Influential Paper

The 2005 NASA Ames paper, “Activity Planning for the Mars Exploration Rovers”, by authors John L. Bresina, Ari K. Jónsson (Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science), Paul H. Morris, and Kanna Rajan, will receive Honorable Mention for Most Influential Paper, an honor to be awarded at the upcoming 26th International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS 2016).

The paper describes the mixed-initiative planning capabilities of the Mixed initiative Activity Planning GENerator (MAPGEN) system, which has been used for tactical planning throughout the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) mission. Opportunity, the second of the two rovers, is still operational and MAPGEN continues to be used to manage operations. The MAPGEN system was a major step in a line of development of mission planning and scheduling tools from the Remote Agent system on the Deep Space I spacecraft, to later systems for the Mars Science Lab (MSL) and Lunar Atmosphere Dust and Environment Explorer (LADEE) missions.

BACKGROUND: The International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS) is the premier forum for exchanging news and research results on the theory and applications of planning and scheduling technology. NASA staff have actively participated and presented at ICAPS since its inception. More information can be found at:

The 26th International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling, London, UK, June 12 - 17, 2016

TEAM: John L. Bresina, Ari K. Jónsson (Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science), Paul H. Morris, and Kanna Rajan

POINT OF CONTACT: John Bresina, john.l.bresina@nasa.gov

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